U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
July 1, 2014
STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY
U.S. Welcomes Saudi Arabia’s 500 Million Dollar Pledge to Help Iraqis in Need
Saudi Arabia has made an enormous and very significant commitment to help its neighbor, underscoring that the entire region has a stake in seeing Iraq overcome today’s crisis, and achieve stability. Iraq’s grave humanitarian crisis affects Shia, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and all other religious and ethnic groups. It is worsening by the day and Saudi Arabia’s strong show of support will be crucial to alleviating the suffering of all Iraqis displaced by the violence. This half a billion dollar commitment is a powerful statement of solidarity.
We commend the generosity and compassion demonstrated by Saudi Arabia and other donors, and urge others in the international community to join in the international humanitarian response for Iraqi internally displaced persons and to swiftly follow through with their pledges.